How to Freeze Fresh Fruit
Betty blogger Haley Nelson shares her easy method for preserving summer’s juiciest bounty.
Don’t you wish you could enjoy the freshest of summer fruit all year long? Unfortunately, the world doesn’t work that way. As someone who lives in a place where truly fresh fruit is hard to come by outside the (short) summer months, I gobble up fresh fruit while I can, but I also use my freezer to preserve it so its deliciousness can be enjoyed long after summer is gone.
Today, I am sharing a few tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way for freezing summer berries, peaches and melons. The same methods can be applied to other kinds of fruit, as well, so please don’t let this guidance limit you!
1: If you bought blueberries in a grocery store, place them in a bowl filled with water. Allow the blueberries to sit in the water for a couple of minutes to remove any debris. Remove from bowl and rinse with water. (If you picked blueberries yourself and no chemicals were used, give them a quick rinse before proceeding to the next step.)
2: Place blueberries on a paper towel-lined, rimmed baking sheet. Allow to air-dry for an hour or so.
3: Transfer blueberries to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place in freezer for 60 minutes. Remove and transfer to a freezer bag, removing as much air as possible. Label and return to freezer.
1: Place strawberries in a large bowl filled with water. Allow the strawberries to sit in the water for 20 minutes, swishing them around with your hand a few times to remove debris.
2: Drain water and rinse strawberries. Place strawberries on a paper towel-lined rimmed baking sheet and allow to air dry for at least an hour.
3: Once the strawberries are dry, cut them into small pieces (or alternatively leave them whole). Place on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Place in the freezer for 60 minutes, until firm.
4: Remove baking sheet from freezer. Place strawberries into sealable freezer bags, removing as much air as possible. Label and return to freezer.
1: Select ripe peaches.
2: Peel peaches. Cut each peach in half and carefully remove the pit.
3: Cut each half into four or five slices. Place each slice on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet.
4: Place peaches in freezer for 60 minutes. Once peaches are frozen, remove from freezer and place into a sealable freezer bag. Remove as much air as possible. Label and return to freezer.
1: Cut melon in half and remove seeds.
2: Use a melon baller to cut round sections of cantaloupe. Continue until the whole melon has been cut.
3: Place melon balls on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Place in freezer for one hour.
4: Remove from freezer and transfer melon balls to a sealable freezer bag, removing as much air as possible. Label and return to freezer.